That drowsy feeling we get when we are tired reminds us how important sleep is for our brain functioning, including memory, decision-making, reaction time and mood. It’s important, too, for the rejuvenation of the physical body and for weight control.
A good sleep routine contributes to weight management because sleepiness and deprivation are related to:
* increased cortisol which increases our appetite.
* the tendency to fill-up our plates with more food than if rested.
* increased cravings foods high in carbs, fat and calories.
* selecting unhealthy foods at the grocery store.
* a slowing of the metabolism.
In addition, sleeping rather than staying up late, quite simply keeps us from getting hungry and snacking (but if you must – read Eating [be-]For Sleeping ).
In short, recent studies suggest that sleep is a primary factor in weight loss and management.
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